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Politics and International Studies BA (UCAS L260)

General entry requirements

A levels

AAA


IB

38


BTEC

Will be considered as long as essential entry requirements are met.


International qualifications


Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.


Frequently asked questions

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria.

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Course overview

In this degree, there is an emphasis on the international dimensions of politics. While political theory provides the core of the degree, you can tailor your course to focus on your main interests within International Studies.

You will engage with core questions in political theory and how they apply to situations across the globe. You will confront how power is distributed internationally and evaluate the different ways in which societies organise their political systems. You will explore the ideological roots and gendered and racialised effects of world problems and interrogate the ways in which economic imperatives affect foreign policy.

Your studies will investigate how theoretical assumptions underpin political decisions and explore the concrete issues that are faced by individuals, governments and organisations around the world.


Study or work abroad

There are two options to which you can apply for study abroad: Integrated or Intercalated.

Integrated (included within your three-year degree)

An integrated year enables you to replace your second year with a year of studying abroad. The grades gained during your year abroad become your second-year marks.

Intercalated (adds a year to your degree)

This option adds one year to your degree. You can either apply to study at one of our partner universities or set up an approved work placement.

Countries and partner universities where students have studied abroad (please note countries and institutions are subject to change):

USA

  • University of California

Canada

  • University of Waterloo
  • University of British Columbia
  • Queen’s University
  • McMaster University

Europe

  • Countries: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden
  • Cities include: Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona

Japan

  • Waseda University
  • Hokkaido University
  • Kyoto University
  • Nagoya University

Australia

  • Monash University

China

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Hong Kong

  • University of Hong Kong
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Singapore

  • National University of Singapore

South Korea

  • Seoul National University

You may also apply for a work placement in the UK or abroad (approval from department needed).

Core modules

This degree takes place over three years. In each year you study core modules that provide a strong foundation in the academic discipline of Politics and International Studies.

You then have the choice to tailor your degree with optional modules. Optional modules are divided into four specialisms or pathways.

  • Political Theory and Public Policy
  • International Relations and Security
  • Comparative Politics and Democratisation
  • International Political Economy

Pick modules from one pathway to specialise your degree or mix and match across different pathways to suit your interests.

Lectures and seminars take place for 25 weeks during the academic year. The last 5 weeks are dedicated to final examinations.


Year One

  • Introduction to Politics
  • World Politics
  • Political Research in the 21st Century

Year Two

  • Political Theory from Hobbes

Optional core modules (also available as Optional modules)

  • Politics of International Development
  • Theories of International Relations
  • States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy
  • International Security

Year Three

  • Issues in Political Theory

Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

Year One

  • Contemporary Themes in Comparative Politics
  • Foundations of Political Economy
  • Justice, Democracy, and Citizenship
  • Nine Ideas in International Security
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Introduction to Social Analytics I
  • Introduction to Social Analytics II
  • Understanding Social Inequalities

Year Two

  • Politics in the UK
  • Politics of the USA
  • Politics of Contemporary China
  • Europe: Politics and Ideas
  • Core Issues in Comparative Politics
  • Themes in European Integration
  • Capitalism and its Alternatives
  • Gender Matters in International Relations
  • Political Economy and the Liberal-Democratic State
  • Introduction to Comparative Public Policy
  • Public Policy for 21st Century Challenges
  • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Design and Data Collection
  • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Analysis and Reporting

Year Three

  • Gender and Development
  • Governing Britain Since 1918
  • European Union Policy-Making
  • Politics of Globalisation
  • United States Foreign Policy
  • Britain and the War on Terror
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence
  • East Asian Transformations: A Political Economy Perspective
  • State, Power, Freedom: European Political Theory
  • The Political Economy of Money
  • International Relations of the Americas
  • Latin America: Democratisation and Development
  • War in the 21st Century
  • Politics and Culture in the Middle East
  • Violence, Rights, Justice and Peace in the Middle East
  • The Global Energy Challenge
  • The Politics of Climate Change
  • Applying Quantitative Methods to Social Research
  • Experiments in the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Public Opinion
  • Determinants of Democracy
  • Dissertation

Find out more about our modules.

Assessment

Modules are usually assessed through a mixture of exams and essays.

  • Summative assessments include exams and coursework that go towards your final grade.
  • Formative assessments do not contribute marks to your final grade. However, they help you understand key learning points and assessment styles.

Teaching

Lectures and Seminars

Most modules are taught using a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Lectures give an introduction to a topic to help prepare you for discussions in seminars. In seminars, you can engage in debates and share your views.

Teaching

Learn from experts with international research profiles across many subfields including:

  • Political theory
  • International relations
  • International security
  • International political economy, and international development
  • Comparative politics
  • Political systems

Learning support

You will have a personal tutor who you can speak to about any questions you may have. There are also regular feedback sessions and opportunities to speak to module directors and seminar tutors.


Class sizes

Our Year One seminars have a maximum of 14 students. Our Year Two and Three seminars have a maximum of 18 students. Lecture sizes vary.


Typical contact hours

There are 8-12 hours of classroom contact available per week. This is also supplemented with group work, one-to-one advice, feedback sessions, and the use of web-based materials.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Undergraduate fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

Learn more about fees from UCAS.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

For details please see Overseas students section below.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.


Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status.


Additional course costs

There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.


Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.


Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.


You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

Further information

Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

Check if you're eligible for student finance.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

Tuition Fee Loan

For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

Find out more about repaying your student loan.

Your career

We have a dedicated careers consultant who can support you with your career choices. We offer one-to-one appointments and workshops to help you find a career path, internship or work placement.

Where a Politics degree can take you:

  • Government and politics (national and regional)
  • Public affairs
  • Education
  • Charity and campaigning
  • Media
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • IT
  • Banking and finance
  • Recruitment
  • Hospitality
  • Advertising

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers such as:

  • Houses of Parliament
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Her Majesty’s Civil Service
  • United Nations
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Citizens Advice

Life at Warwick

Within a close-knit community of staff and students from all over the world, discover a campus alive with possibilities. A place where all the elements of your student experience come together in one place. Our supportive, energising, welcoming space creates the ideal environment for forging new connections, having fun and finding inspiration.

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Find out how to apply to us, ask your questions, and find out more.

Warwick Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is key to helping you settle in quickly.

We have 12 self-catering undergraduate halls of residence on campus.

Our student property management and lettings agency manages more than 8,000 rooms both on and off campus, and provides advice to all full-time undergraduates.

Explore Warwick Accommodation

Our campus

You won't be short of ways to spend your time on campus - whether it's visiting Warwick Arts Centre, using our incredible new sports facilities, socialising in our bars, nightclub and cafés, or enjoying an open-air event. Or if you need some peace and quiet, you can explore lakes, woodland and green spaces just a few minutes’ walk from central campus.

Explore our campus

Food and drink

We have lots of cafés, restaurants and shops on campus. You can enjoy great quality food and drink, with plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets. There is a convenience store on central campus, as well as two supermarkets and a small shopping centre in the nearby Cannon Park Retail Park. Several of them offer delivery services to help you stay stocked up.

And don't miss our regular food market day on the Piazza with tempting, fresh and delicious street food. Soak up the atmosphere and try something new, with mouth-watering food for all tastes.

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Societies

Clubs and societies

We currently have more than 300 student-run societies.

So whether you’re into films, martial arts, astronomy, gaming or musical theatre, you can instantly connect with people with similar interests.

Or you could try something new, or even form your own society.

Explore our societies

Sport

Sports and fitness

Staying active at Warwick is no sweat, thanks to our amazing new Sports and Wellness Hub, indoor and outdoor tennis centre, 60 acres of sports pitches, and more than 60 sports clubs.

Whether you want to compete, relax or just have fun, you can achieve your fitness goals.

Explore sports at Warwick

Studying on campus

Our campus is designed to cater for all of your learning needs.

You will benefit from a variety of flexible, well-equipped study spaces and teaching facilities across the University.

  • The Oculus, our outstanding learning hub, houses state-of-the-art lecture theatres and innovative social learning and network areas.
  • The University Library provides access to over one million printed works and tens of thousands of electronic journals
  • Three Learning Grids offering you flexible individual and group study spaces.

Explore the Library

Local Life

Travel and local area

Our campus is in Coventry, a modern city with high street shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars sitting alongside medieval monuments. The Warwickshire towns of Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are also nearby.

The University is close to major road, rail and air links. London is just an hour by direct train from Coventry, with Birmingham a 20-minute trip. Birmingham International Airport is nearby (a 20-minute drive).

See our campus map

Support and Wellbeing

Wellbeing support and faith provision

Our continuous support network is here to help you adjust to student life and to ensure you can easily access advice on many different issues. These may include managing your finances and workload, and settling into shared accommodation. We also have specialist disability and mental health support teams.

Our Chaplaincy is home to Chaplains from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. We provide regular services for all Christian denominations and a Shabbat meal every Friday for our Jewish students. There is also an Islamic prayer hall, halal kitchen and ablution facilities.

Wellbeing and support

Chaplaincy

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